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Ultimate Geek
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  # 1322720 11-Jun-2015 11:16
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Alright so i managed to have a play with it today. Took a bit to get it to work for installing apps like netflix.

First, I had to change my country to US under Amazon's Manage your content and devices - Settings - Country Settings. I used my Youshop address here.
Second, i setup the UnoTelly DNS servers in my router so that the FireTV stick grabbed & use those for DNS resolution. Optionally you can enter the UnoTelly DNS manually on the FireTV stick wi-fi network setup.

Then, sideload kodi using the adb tool (as such
Setup a launcher for Kodi from the main screen :
 -install dummy app (i installed ikono tv )
 -sideload llama apk using adb (
 -use llama to setup an event, so that when i click on ikono tv Kodi is launched) this video may help -

So far so good, Netflix and Kodi running ok, and Kodi is pretty snappy on my first impression.

Next I want to take the FireTV home and setup my SAMBA shares as my media sources in KODI and see how it compares to the Raspberry PI 2 OpenElec install.

I'm also looking at what other apk's I can sideload, I have ES File explorer and the Youtube apk in mind so far.

Will post KODI results later.

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  # 1322726 11-Jun-2015 11:35
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arvis: I read somewhere, that roku 2 is better than fire stick. Any opinions on this? 
I'm looking for something that would be able to play from my NAS also. It looks like mirroring or plex server on a computer is the only option?  

Have a look at Emby, it's a streaming/content management tool that will run on a bunch of operating systems and has multiple frontends - you can use Kodi/XBMC, there's apps for Android/FireTV, Roku and even HTML5. It's open source and I've found it to be much more stable than Plex.


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  # 1323250 12-Jun-2015 10:44
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sumitonly: Never had any other stick.. but i do feel its definitely a good investment. added settings.apk, kodi and youtube.. you dont need a smart tv, if you own this. ftp to my router, i can watch anything thats on my external drive.

Did you sideload the android Youtube.apk app? I am not a fan of the Fire TV youtube apps and can't understand why there isn't a native app.

NO, it's part of kodi as an addon.. this way I didn't waste any memory.

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  # 1323281 12-Jun-2015 11:34
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I managed to get the Youtube APK going yesterday, sort of. It was a pain to get it going where you have to install google play services, google play store, and few other google apps , then the youtube apk. 
It loaded and I managed to sign in, but there was an annoying message popping up on the first run where you have to click OK for it to go away. Problem is that I couldn't click ok with the Stick remote and couldn't really browse through my subscriptions and other videos because of this. I suspect that if you have a bluetooth keyboard & mouse and you manage to get rid of this annoying OK button, the youtube apk should work alright.

In the end because of this I went with the Kodi Youtube addon which is good.

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  # 1324679 15-Jun-2015 02:58
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$34 USD today, just got 5 on the way

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  # 1325286 15-Jun-2015 19:30
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ouch, it wont ship to NZ directly :(
Have to use youshop then....

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  # 1325293 15-Jun-2015 19:49
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wanghou168: ouch, it wont ship to NZ directly :(
Have to use youshop then....

I'm looking at the Fire Box. I can't help but have my head turned by the higher specs, but more practically, it also has bluetooth and ethernet. 

But shipito/youpost are the only ways to get it here? Or is there something I'm missing?

What about plugs/transformers? Do I just need a travel style adapter or is a new power brick required?


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  # 1325301 15-Jun-2015 20:34
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They are universal voltage.

I would recommend shipito if you are getting multiples. Amazon shipped my last lot in seperate boxes, and with youshops pretty lame consolodation it would probably be way more expensive.


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  # 1325385 15-Jun-2015 22:26
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I have 1x Fire TV and 1x Fire TV stick.

The Fire TV box is on my lounge TV, and the fire tv stick feeds content to a Qumi Q2 projector pointed at my bedroom ceiling.

I have them both set up with netflix and kodi.

Fire TV box has a 100mbps Ethernet port (I have ethernet to both my Main TV and bedroom), optical audio out (don't use), and a voice recognition on the remote (don't use).

Fire TV stick is Wifi only and lacks the above features.

Both run netflix fine. Both run Kodi fine for low to mid bitrate stuff (although the fast forward is quite bad on the stick at around the 7gb move bit-rate size), but the fire tv can't handle full quality Blu ray rips from my NAS (keeps buffering - I don't know if the issue is its computing power or it's wifi - about 5m from the router, through 1 wall + a wardrobe.)

Fire tv stick does tend to run a bit hot.

Remote buttons are a bit nicer tactile press on the fire TV box.

If you only watch netflix, and low bitrate files on kodi, then the fire tv stick would work fine, save your money. but if you are about blue ray quality fork out for the Fire TV box.

Personalty I regret buying the stick over the fire tv (especially as I have Ethernet to my bedroom), however it is rare that I need to swap them, so I haven't sold it off on trade me, which was my plan if it didn't live up to my expectations. 

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  # 1326705 17-Jun-2015 17:12
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I'm actually quite happy with Kodi on the Fire TV stick, seems to work a lot better than the Rpi2 so far.

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  # 1332460 26-Jun-2015 22:49
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Hi, I'm new to the world of chromecast vs firestick. I have had an apple tv for a few years and installed plex on it which I loved for viewing my films. Now that plex doesn't work I'm looking for an alternative. I also like the idea of being able to watch stuff on the BBC iplayer. 
My question is to those in the know is can I install plex on the firestick easily and can I get the BBC iplayer onto it. 
I like the idea that the firestick has a remote where as chromecast doesn't. 
Any help would be appreciated. 

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Ultimate Geek
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  # 1332586 27-Jun-2015 14:07
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There's a Plex app in the Amazon marketplace so install is easy.

As to the Iplayer, according to the following thread it seems that it only works through Kodi plugin.

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  # 1332772 27-Jun-2015 22:10
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Awesome. Thanks Grudge

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  # 1333298 29-Jun-2015 12:37
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if you change your amazon app store settings to UK you can install the iplayer app too, then you just need to have a smart DNS service for it to work.

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  # 1336996 4-Jul-2015 18:00
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Does the firestick tv not come with a native youtube app ? My old samsung tv doesn't support youtube anymore so I am need a solution for it.I assume fire stick tv is better than google chromecast?

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